On June 24, presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey will be held. The elections were scheduled for November 2019. The Constitutional amendments adopted in 2017 are conditioned by the simultaneous holding of the presidential and parliamentary elections. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that he made such a decision to speed up the transition to a full presidential system, which was declared a year ago by the Constitution.
In foreign policy, especially in Syria, Erdogan has internal political problems that make him quickly be re-elect as President with broader powers. For half a year, a Pan-Turkish party named “Good” has been operating in Turkey. This popular party brings new challenges to Erdogan. Despite all this, so far Erdogan has no serious opponent.
“There is no alternative to Erdogan in Turkey; Erdogan reached that, when he came to power the situation was else. So, he created the situation according to which, ifhe does not become the President of Turkey, the country will weaken,” said turkologist Ruben Safrastyan.
Թուրքագետ Ռուբեն Սաֆրաստյանը նաև զուգահեռներ է անում Թուրքիայի Հանրապետության հիմնադիր Մուստաֆա Քեմալ Աթաթուրքի եւ Էրդողանի միջև։
Turkologist Ruben Safrastyan also drew parallels between the founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Erdogan.
Let us remind that Erdogan was first elected as the President of the country in 2014. It was a position with limited powers. Following the attempt of revolution in July 2016, the president’s powers expanded with some legislative changes. After the extraordinary elections, the new President will have extended powers.